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B8-3-01, Notes for Conventional Mortgages (02/06/2019)

Introduction

This topic contains information on notes for conventional loans, including:

 

Use of Conventional First Mortgage Notes

Lenders should use the note that is correct for the applicable mortgage type, lien type, property type, and product type for regularly amortizing conventional mortgages that are closed on the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac uniform security instruments.

Fannie Mae publishes state-specific fixed-rate notes for ten jurisdictions (although they are not available for all products). The multistate note can be used in most jurisdictions unless the security property is located in a jurisdiction for which Fannie Mae publishes a state-specific mortgage note.

A lender that uses a state-specific version of the Balloon Loan Refinancing Instrument to document the refinancing of a balloon mortgage that has a conditional refinance option does not need to use Fannie Mae’s note forms because that document incorporates the terms of the note.

The various notes that are used for fixed-rate mortgages may be found on Fannie Mae’s website. Authorized changes that must or may be made to these documents are set out in the instructions that accompany each document.

 

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Notes

Generally, notes for adjustable-rate mortgages apply to specific ARM plans. Fannie Mae does not publish state-specific notes for all ARM plans. If Fannie Mae does not publish state-specific documents for a particular ARM plan, the lender must use the multistate note for that particular ARM plan and amend it as necessary to satisfy the requirements of the jurisdiction in which the security property is located. Required amendments may be incorporated by reprinting the amended documents, adding addenda to the documents, or making the changes on the documents themselves. The various notes that are used for ARMs may be found on Fannie Mae’s website. Authorized changes that must or may be made to these documents are set out in the instructions that accompany each document.

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